Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Theresa Hayes | 05 October, 2018, 20:40

Upon purchasing it, he noticed a large rock holding the door open, according to Central Michigan University.

The original owner told him he had seen the space rock come down on the property way back in the 1930s and that "it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

The meteorite weighs over 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which makes it the sixth largest found in MI. All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

Central Michigan University CMU geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu holds the 22.5 pound meteorite used as a doorstop for decades.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

The meteor that blazed through MI this January changed his life's trajectory as he read accounts of people finding and selling small pieces of the meteorites. "It was brought by this gentleman and within minutes, within seconds i knew it was a real one", says Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu, CMU Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Looking to confirm her evaluation of the rock and to properly classify and record the new find, Sirbescu cut off a slice, polished it and sent it to a colleague at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., who validated her conclusion.

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students.

There was a big crater and David says the men dug a hole until they found the meteorite which was still warm.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university.